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What does the circled 1 sign mean on Google maps next to "Tolls"?

Example:

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I don't think that's the number of tolls given the distance.

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    I've always assumed that it was a pictographic icon for tolls (representing coins or tokens), and that it had no particular meaning beyond that. Nov 27, 2020 at 22:55
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    As @MichaelSeifert it is the symbol indicating there is tolls on your route. Sometimes the symbol shows up to indicate tolls without also using the word "Tolls"
    – Midavalo
    Nov 27, 2020 at 23:17
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    Have a fast and safe drive for such a long road! Nov 27, 2020 at 23:17
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    Money. It used to come as round things with numbers on them... Nov 29, 2020 at 15:36

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As correctly stated by @MichaelSeifert, it is a graphic representation of coins.

A circle alone wouldn't be easily interpreted as currency. I speculate that using the dollar symbol would be biasing in an international context, so using a digit is the most intuitive way to display that the circle has value.

Historically, on US tollways you often used a single coin to pay the toll. Modern tollways are either more expensive or simply electronic (e.g., in Israel you don't have a single toll booth, and I found the same "1 coin" icon as I expected on my way from Tel Aviv to Haifa).

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    Interestingly that in Russia (and probably in some exUSSR countries) an auxiliary road sign for paid parking shows 3 circles with numbers 10, 15 and 20 in them. There were actual 10-, 15- and 20-copeck coins in USSR (minted until 1991 and remained legal tender until 1998, although practically unused after 1992 due to extremely low value after hyperinflation).
    – trolley813
    Nov 28, 2020 at 8:21
  • This is probably correct. It's similar to the 'road toll' sign on Swedish roads (the coin bit at least): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_congestion_tax#/media/… Nov 30, 2020 at 20:32
  • They could display relevant country's currency on that icon, though. Yandex does that on its Maps.
    – alamar
    Nov 16, 2023 at 19:37

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